Daily Devotions

Daily Living and the Non-typical

Mary and Joseph never would have guessed their common, mundane lives were moving toward such eternal impact.  In fact, they probably never fully grasped the magnitude of their purpose while they lived on earth.  The issues and responsibilities of everyday life had to overshadow their thinking and senses at times.  Seven-year-old Jesus most likely took his father’s hammer and left it by the creek to rust, after he’d nailed a boat together using his mom’s best serving bowl.  At supper that night, I’m sure neither Joseph nor Mary sensed divine purpose at work in their lives or his!  The majority of the time they were simply rearing a son.  And they probably wondered if they were doing well.  After all, everyone remembered the time they had accidentally left him behind while traveling.  And you know they had typical friends and family watching their non-typical teenager with an opinionated glare.  (Eighth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)

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